TITLE

A Critical Assessment of the Constitutionalism Landscape in West Africa

AUTHOR(S)
ABUTUDU, MUSA
PUB. DATE
June 2009
SOURCE
Western Journal of Black Studies;Summer2009, Vol. 33 Issue 2, p132
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The constitutions that ushered most West African states into sovereign statehood generally established multi-party democracies modeled after their respective former colonizers. These constitutional forms and structures did not last long in the post-colonial period as they generally succumbed to a rash of military dictatorship and one party-rule. The new wave of democratization which has engulfed the sub-region since the late 1980s has created new possibilities for the rebirth of constitutionalism. Term limits, division of powers, separation of powers, independent judiciary, fundamental human rights, etc., are general hallmarks of most of the new democratic constitutions. However, giving life to these provisions in the day to day operation of these constitutions must contend with the old habits of personal rule, authoritarianism and culture of impunity.
ACCESSION #
44811208

 

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